9 Mexican architects who are transforming the architecture of our country.
What distinguishes today’s Mexican architects? It seems that the answer is found in the social, humanistic, ecological, and altruistic work that all carry out.
Next, we introduce you to the Mexican architects who are changing architecture, not only through the use of contemporary techniques but also because of their concern for what happens around their work and how each piece can transform the environment.
When the earthquakes of September 2017 were unfortunate, Gabriela Carrillo was one of the architects who immediately got to work for the rehabilitation of houses and urban spaces.
Since the beginning of her career, at the dawn of this century, Carrillo has been committed to influencing the improvement of the quality of life of those who inhabit the spaces she designs. A graduate of the UNAM and partner of the Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo workshop, she has developed spaces such as the San Pablo Academic and Cultural Center in Oaxaca and the Pátzcuaro Courts in Michoacán.
Talent and sensitivity have no gender, said this architect graduated from the Technological Institute and Higher Studies of the West (ITESO). Together with her husband, Salvador Macías, she is in charge of Estudio Macías Peredo, awarded by The Architectural League of New York with the Emerging Voices award in 2014.
According to Peredo, their work involves culture, society, and the way of being of the place and its inhabitants. Their works include the Pavilion of the Experimental Museum El Eco 2013 with which they sought to dialogue with the work of Mathias Goeritz, the Casa Atlas, in Zapopan, Jalisco; the Montesori School in Mazatlán and the Hotel Punta Caliza in Holbox.
Architectural development is Lorena’s specialty. Among the projects, she has carried out are houses, industrial plants, hotels, and corporations in Mexico and the United States.
From her office, Vieyra Arquitectos, located in Lomas de Chapultepec, in Mexico City, the architect designs “tailored suits”. To do this, she said, she is enriched by her own experiences and experiences that she considers essential to deliver a unique work. Among her works under construction, the Doxsteel Fasteners Manufacturing plant stands out, located in the industrial zone of Ocoyoacac, State of Mexico.
She is a founding partner of the Ambrosi Etchegaray law firm. Gabriela bets on projects that appeal to the natural. She has been considered one of the young promises for her efforts to achieve positive social changes from architecture.
From her office, Etchegaray encourages a frank exchange of ideas among those who make up her team to satisfy the human and social needs of his clients. She has participated as curator of the Mexico Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and is a professor at Columbia University.
When the visitor stands in front of the Elena Garro Cultural Center, they can see the books, the exterior and interior vegetation, and the old house in the “La Conchita” neighborhood in downtown Coyoacán. But you can also admire the spirit of the work of the Mexican architect Fernanda Canales.
Born in Mexico City, Canales has collaborated in international firms such as the Japanese firm Toyoo Itö and in the study of the Catalan architect Ignasi de Solà-Morales. She has been distinguished with the Young Architects Award from El Colegio de Arquitectos de México, 2012 and, in 2014, the International Architecture Award granted by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
Is it possible to create a humanist architecture? Tatiana Bilbao believes that yes, it is possible. Proof of this is several projects in which the architect has personally approached those who will occupy the homes she designs to meet their needs.
Bilbao’s work in Mexico is vast, ranging from the design of houses to botanical gardens, a funeral home, a chapel, and university buildings. Abroad his work has been built in China and Europe, especially with the creation of low and medium-cost housing. Tatiana is one of the most influential architects in the generations of young architects.
Involved in socio-environmental architecture, Marcela focuses her work on the community. He is in charge of the Office Taller office, based in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, and Mexico City. The firm currently has projects under construction in Quintana Roo, Coahuila and Nuevo León.
For all of them, he has carried out analyzes of temperatures, characteristics of the area, and materials before starting to build. Marcela González finds in architectural design the way to express her passion for nature, the sensations, and the life of the places where she builds.
Andrea is a renowned architect specialized in interiors. For twenty years she has worked on multiple projects in which, she says, she proposes, but her clients “give her their soul.” To do this, Cesarman starts from a concept adapted to the space.
One concept that he uses is that architects are “facilitators of well-being”, who must live in their spaces to be happy. From C Cúbica Arquitectos, he has developed modernist projects for residences, condominiums, offices, and museums.
Architecture and design represent, above all, a crucial medium for asking questions and debating social, economic, and political phenomena. Under this premise, says the architect, both contemporary and historical art serve as a starting point for the development of each project. Escobedo was the first Mexican to design the famous Serpentine Pavilion in 2018.
In addition, he has developed incredible projects such as the Octavio Paz Library in Mexico City, the Boca Chica Hotel in Acapulco, GSB Stanford in Palo Alto California, and Mar Tirreno in Mexico City. She is the most influential Mexican architect today.